The Cliffside story

Our History

Every business’ story begins with a dream – a vision for what might be. The story of Cliffside Industries is no different. In 1987, founder Walter Zaleskie dreamt of a bold creation: the kitchen and bath industry’s first company dedicated solely to the supply and distribution of decorative cabinetry hardware.

Leveraging his fifteen years of experience in the kitchen industry, Walter struck out across the world in search of the finest suppliers for decorative hardware, establishing contacts with craftspeople across Europe and Asia. The first idea was simple: a clean and serviceable piece of cabinet hardware, both timeless and multi-purpose. That concept inspired the knob we know today as the 100-PB: Cliffside’s first item, the one that “started it all”.

Walter added more finishes and more shapes of knobs, handles, and bin pulls to his collection of hardware to create his very first display board: the historic underpinnings of the Cliffside line that are still among our top sellers today. Tucking his new display carefully into a hand-made wool-lined bag, he set out to recruit a customer: first one, then tens, then hundreds and thousands of cabinet manufacturers and kitchen dealers, many of whom are still with us today.

Our Present

Over the years, Cliffside’s hardware line has grown to include over five thousand items from suppliers around the globe. We work with only the finest makers and craftsmen to develop our products. Our line is anchored at our roots: the traditionally styled cabinet knobs, handles, and bin pulls that fueled our expansion into the international supplier we are today. In addition, Cliffside also supplies cabinet hardware in unique modern and transitional styles to coordinate with any style of home.

Our “Cliffside Choice” line of hardware allows you to decide between our industry-leading solid brass line or top-quality zinc. Many items are replicated in multiple materials to give you the convenience of choosing the price level at which you want to purchase. In addition to traditional decorative hardware, Cliffside Industries’ line of solid brass cabinet and armoire hinges are indisputably the industry’s best. Smooth action, low tolerance, and extruded brass construction make our hinges superior in strength, durability, and value to all other competitors.

Committed to innovation, Cliffside has always been a leader in creating new and inspired hardware designs to remain at the forefront of our industry. We were the first to introduce and patent the concept of a “non-mortising” inset cabinet hinge; the first to design and create decorative handles specifically for use on paneled refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances; and the first to organize, expand, and engineer our product line into fully functional hardware design suites – allowing manufacturers and designers to coordinate hardware throughout an entire room, floor, or home. Our staff engineers specialize in the creation of cutting-edge new designs, enabling us to expand our product line rapidly and resourcefully.

Superior customer service is the vanguard of our entire operation, leading the way in the development of continuous and mutually beneficial relationships between Cliffside and its national dealer network. Our expert inside sales representatives have an average tenure of nearly 15 years with the company, endowing them with a skill set well beyond ordinary which can only come with experience. This expertise and efficiency enables us to dispatch your in-stock orders quickly, and it’s why we still answer our phones live when you call: no computer system can address your concerns like we can.

Through 30 years of operation, we remain as confident today as we did in 1987: we have, without question, the best cabinet hardware in the world. With a founder who still helms the business, supported by an industrious team, we embody the American dream of a small business – owned and operated by the same family since its founding. Our commitment to you today is the same as it was then: to provide you with inspired hardware designs that will beg you to come back for more.

Our Values

Cliffside Industries fully embraces four core values that drive us every day. They are at the heart of everything we do, from designing hardware to servicing customers and shipping packages.

We stand on Quality.

At the very heart of our company, quality defines everything that we do. Our customers inspire us to hold our products, our service, and our interactions to exacting standards. This drives us to seek out the best possible partnerships from our position in the supply chain. Quality will forever be the benchmark to which we aspire.

We stand on Value.

We firmly believe that ‘value’ does not simply mean the cheapest price. As a function of price and quality, value is the assurance that you receive the best and longest-lasting return on your investment in our products.

We stand on Building Relationships.

Cliffside was founded upon one-on-one relationships: face-to-face meetings and personal telephone calls. It’s this direct connection to each customer that still drives our business today and keeps them coming back.

We stand on Innovation.

Our 30-year history has taught us to be adaptable and progressive: we are forward-thinking in our business practices, the design of our products, and how we present them to the marketplace. As creators of fine hardware, we foster an environment for inspiration, originality, and growth.

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Our Mission

We are creators and distributors of the best hardware products in the world. At our core, we are a family who believes in long-lasting, valued relationships with our customers. We work in tandem with like-minded supply chain partners to provide a premium product and experience to the end consumer. We are industry visionaries with a focus on ever-changing trends, inspiring us to create new and imaginative designs.

Our Vision

As a company, we strive every day “to enrich the relationships between our customers and consumers by providing inspired hardware products of superior quality and extraordinary value”.

What Our Clients Say

"The quality is more than I expected! You can tell a difference in high quality brass hardware the moment you hold it in your hand. Thanks for all your great customer service."

- Ruby B., Winona Lake, IN
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